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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Olivia Terwilleger at (360) 754-3355 ext. 5477

Hearing Set Regarding Proposed Changes for Mineral Extraction Permits

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing next week, regarding changes to rules regulating mineral extraction. The hearing will be held on April 21, 2010 at 7:00 p.m., in Room 152, Building One of the Thurston County Courthouse Complex, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, Washington, 98502.

The purpose of the hearing is to accept public comment on the draft ordinance relating to the Special Use Permit process and requirements involving mineral extraction under Thurston County Code (TCC) 20.54.070. The draft ordinance includes changes to the process and requirements for obtaining a special use permit for mineral extraction. The amendments include, but are not limited to-
  • Exclusion of critical areas and new buffers established under TCC 20.54.070(21), (where mineral extraction activities may be permitted).
  • Restrictions on impacts to critical areas.
  • Removal of asphalt production and recycling as accessory uses to mineral extraction.
  • Other amendments related to permitting mineral extraction as a special use.

The Planning Commission will go into a work session at the conclusion of the hearing. The draft ordinance is available for review at the Thurston County Permit Assistance Center in the Thurston County Courthouse, and online at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/permitting/Mineral_Lands_Task_Force/Mineral_Lands_Home.htm

Those wishing to testify should appear and be heard. If interested persons cannot attend the hearing, mailed and email comments can be sent, but must be received by April 21, 2010 by 4:00 pm. Send letters to Olivia Terwilleger, Assistant Planner, Thurston County Courthouse 2nd Floor, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA, 98502 or to terwilo@co.thurston.wa.us. Contact Olivia Terwilleger at (360) 754-3355 ext. 5477 for more information.

Persons needing special accommodations to participate in the hearing should call (360) 754-4001 by 10:00 a.m. at least three days prior to the meeting. Ask for the ADA Coordinator. Citizens with hearing impairments may call the TDD line at (360) 754-2933.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3